Velocity 10 million members special: How many extra points will you get?
Virgin Australia has three special promotions running – here's how to take advantage.
Virgin Australia's Velocity frequent flyer program now has 10 million members. Happily, the airline's marking that with three separate promotions for members.
Firstly, every active member (as of 8 October 2019) is scoring 10 free Status Credits. Those will be added to your account automatically. Mine have already shown up:
Secondly, there's a bonus points offer for all new flight bookings between now and midnight AEST on 13 October 2019. For domestic and international short haul flights, you'll get an extra 5 Velocity Points per $1 spent. That effectively doubles the number of points for those flights.
For long-haul international flights to Hong Kong and Los Angeles, the number of points awarded is being doubled. (Velocity Points on those routes are based on distance, rather than the amount you've spent.)
What will you get from the 10 million Velocity Points giveaway?
The third offer is a little more convoluted. Opt into the "Get your share of 10 million points" through the Velocity iOS or Android app and you'll be awarded a share of that points pool. The deadline for opting in (again) is before midnight AEST on 13 October 2019. Points will be allocated by 31 October, according to Virgin.
You have to opt in through the Velocity app; you can't do that on the site, or through the main Virgin Australia app.
10 million Velocity Points sounds like an impressive total. However, remember there are now 10 million members of Velocity. If everyone opts in, you'll only get a single point. Even if just 10% of eligible members take part, you'll score just 10 Velocity Points.
Any free points are welcome, so I've signed up for this one. But it's exceedingly unlikely that I'm going to see a massive boost to my total as a result.
In late August 2019, Velocity was claiming 9.1 million members, so those extra 900,000 have come along fairly quickly. Regardless, those extra Status Credits and potential extra points are welcome.
There hasn't been heaps of good news from Virgin Australia in recent months, with routes due to be trimmed in the near future to try and cap big financial losses at the airline. That crackdown has also led to an increase in carrier charges for award flights that will kick in from January 2020.
Angus Kidman's Findings column looks at new developments and research that help you save money, make wise decisions and enjoy your life more. It appears regularly on Finder.
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